Review: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Title: Tiger Lily
Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 292
Release Date: July 10, 2012
Rating: 2.5 Owls


Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.

Peter is unlike anyone she's ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland's inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she's always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.

With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it's the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who's everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Peaches comes a magical and bewitching story of the romance between a fearless heroine and the boy who wouldn't grow up.


Oh, Tiger Lily. You make me so confused about everything in the world.

-The premise. I mean really. The story of Peter Pan and Tiger Lily told from Tinker Bell's point of view? How could it get any better -- or any more original?
-The writing. Seriously. Jodi Lynn Anderson, whatever you did to learn how to write like that, I wanna know. Her writing is lyrical, beautiful, and so refreshing. If I had to compare it to someone else's, I'd have to say it reminds me of Lauren Oliver's prose.
-The characters. Anderson's characterization is brilliant. I loved them all.

-The plot (if there was such a thing!). Usually, slow or nonexistent-plot books make me DNF. With Tiger Lily, however, I was able to hold on and read to the end, even if I did skim a bit. (And by a bit I mean a lot.)

So, to make this a review compliment sandwich, I'm going to end with something awesome: the cover. I mean OMG HOW ARE YOU NOT DISPLAYING IT ON YOUR WALL OR SOMETHING. I totalaly wish you could order prints of it.


Review: Endlessly by Kiersten White

Title: Endlessly
Author: Kiersten White
Publisher: HarperTEEN
Pages: 385
Release Date: 7/24/12
Source: Hardcover (Purchase)
Rating: 5 Owls


Evie's paranormal past keeps coming back to haunt her. A new director at the International Paranormal Containment Agency wants to drag her back to headquarters. The Dark Faerie Queen is torturing humans in her poisonous realm. And supernatural creatures keep insisting that Evie is the only one who can save them from a mysterious, perilous fate. The clock is ticking on the entire paranormal world. And its fate rests solely in Evie's hands. So much for normal.


Kiersten White has been one of my favorite authors since the first book in this trilogy, Paranormalcy. Now, almost 2 years later, she still holds that title. In fact, I dare say Endlessly is the strongest installment in the trilogy. I'm torn between the first book and this one. 

From the get-go, Endlessly is packed with laughs. I was cracking up by the time I finished the first sentence. Imagine when I hit page 3. My stomach hurt from laughing. Safe to say the laughing died out eventually when the book took on a more somber tone.

Endlessly is the perfect concoction of humorous, heartwarming, sassy, and sensational. The emotions I felt while reading were roller-coaster-esque. I laughed, I cried at the end, and walked away with a warm heart and wet eyes. Evie is a heroine unlike any I have ever read before. She is witty in all situations and such a girl, but not to the point of annoyance. One thing that I love about the Paranormalcy series is that it's funny without being crude, crass, judgmental or obscene. The book doesn't contain a single curse word. Not one (unless you count her signature "Bleep"). Kiersten makes it unnoticeable, though. Her prose isn't anything special, but it definitely isn't distracting. Her humor is spot-on.

The end of Endlessly (oh, the irony!) packs quite the emotional punch. Prepare the kleenex and get ready for a perfect conclusion to a marvelous trilogy! I can't wait for more from Kiersten in the future. She is on top of my can't-be-missed list!


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Q: Summer Reading. What was your favorite book that you were REQUIRED to read when you were in school?

Oh, man. This is such a difficult question. I think my top choice would be To Kill a Mockingbird. It was such a good book, and one of the only classics I've truly thought was worthy of the title.

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Title: Something Strange and Deadly
Series: Something Strange and Deadly, #1
Author: Susan Dennard
Pages: 400
Release Date: July 24th, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rating: 5/5 Owls


The year is 1876, and there’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper—

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.


I received a review copy from HarperCollins through Edelweiss. Thank you!

Something Strange and Deadly is one of the most unique YA books I've read in a long while. Jam-packed with Victorian-era banter, missing siblings, and, oh yes, zombies, this book will have you laughing and feeling frightenened within pages of each other.

Dennard did a fantastic job with the Victorian incorporation: the prose felt old-agey and was still humorous without being modern. I will say, the story was a bit slow-moving at first, but it quickly upped the pace and I was enraptured. The mystery had me guessing until it was over, something that doesn't happen too much. Dennard is a master of characterization; every character felt fresh and original. and I wasn't once complaining about a dull character taking the spotlight.

If you haven't checked out Something Strange and Deadly, I recommend doing so right now! You definitely won't regret it. I'm going to be gnawing my fingers off waiting for the next one! (Yes, pun intended.)


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Q: Christmas in July! Someone gives you a gift card for two books (whatever that costs). What two books will you buy?

Well, I'm a Soul Screamers mega-fan and I STILL haven't gotten the latest book, Before I Wake (dang my non-existent income!). I've also been craving Jodi Lynn Anderson's Tiger Lily, because of that gobsmackingly amazing cover my obsession with retellings.

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Interview with Amy Kathleen Ryan

Welcome to my interview with Amy Kathleen Ryan, the fabulous author of GLOW and SPARK!


1)      What in your life made you want to become a writer?

Reading! I love to read. I think nothing gets your mind off your problems like a great book. As soon as I caught the reading bug, I wanted to be a writer.  

2)      Where did the idea for GLOW come from?

Well, from lots of places. I took a great class in graduate school taught by Mary Lou Kete about the early puritan settlers in America and how they impacted the country we would become. That kind of brewed in my head for about ten years. Then I read Jean DuPrau's brilliant Ember, and I was enthralled with the way her circumscribed setting heightened the tension of the story. I thought, there'd be no better way to trap characters than to put them on a spaceship, completely alone, with no one to turn to for help.

3)      How do you feel about the new covers for the series? 

I like them a lot! I loved the original cover for GLOW, too, and was kind of sad my publisher wanted to change it up. But then I saw the cover from across a room and realized you can't see that graphic of Waverly at all. The new covers show up better from far away, so I think in some ways the new covers might be more attractive.

4)      Do you plot your books out before you write them, or do you "write by the seat of your pants?" 

I'm a seat of my pants writer! I find the process of writing a novel much more fun if I don't know anymore than the characters what will happen from page to page.

5)      If GLOW became a movie, who would you cast as Waverly and Kieran? 

That's a tough one! I really liked Hailee Steinfeld in True Grit. She's a great actress, and she looks like Waverly to me. Kieran is tougher! I think Jacob Kogan might have the right looks and intensity for the role.

6)      Is there anything you can tell us about Book Three in the Sky Chasers Series? 

Now Waverly, Kieran and Seth have to figure out how to live on the New Horizon. Anne Mather and other shadowy figures seek to control them and use them for their own ends, and our heroes have to figure out how to determine their own fates in the midst of these overwhelming forces. 

7)      How many books are going to be in the Sky Chasers Series? 

I only have 3 planned right now, but I'm open to continuing further. I'm still interested in these characters!

8)      What was your favorite part about writing GLOW and SPARK? 

With Glow, I didn't know how long the story was going to be until I was literally writing the last page, and the last word, and I lifted my fingers from the keyboard and realized, Wow, that's the end of Book One! Until that moment I didn't know I was writing a series. With Spark, I liked getting to know Seth. I found out he can be funny in a wry, sardonic way, and that even though he's confused and very damaged, he wants to find a way to redeem himself.

9)      What was the hardest part about writing them? 

Writing Glow, I really thought it might be way too dark. I didn't know if anyone would want to publish it. I was about 3/4 of the way through the first draft when The Hunger Games came out, and I realized I was fine. With Spark, I had "SecondBookItis." I'd gotten a huge reception for Glow, and I didn't know how I was going to do it again. That was daunting, but I think I pulled it off. 

10)    If you could change one thing about either GLOW or SPARK, what would it be?  

I'll never tell!   ;)

Thanks, Amy, for answering my questions! :)

Amy Kathleen Ryan earned her MA from the University of Vermont, and her MFA from The New School in New York City.


Review: GLOW and SPARK by Amy Kathleen Ryan


Title: Glow
Author: Amy Kathleen Ryan
Series: Sky Chasers, #1
Pages: 307
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Rating: 5/5 Owls


If a violent battle destroyed the only world you’ve ever known, would you be brave enough to save who was left? Would love be strong enough to survive the fight? Either way, there’s no turning back… 

The Empyrean is the only home 15-year-old Waverly has ever known. As members of the first generation to be successfully conceived in deep space, she and her boyfriend Kieran will be pioneers of New Earth. Waverly knows she must marry young in order to have children who can carry on the mission, and Kieran, the handsome captain-to-be, has everything Waverly could want in a husband. But there’s a part of Waverly that wants more from life than marriage… and she is secretly intrigued by the shy, darkly brilliant Seth.

Suddenly, Waverly’s dreams are interrupted by the inconceivable – a violent betrayal by the Empyrean's sister ship, the New Horizon. In one pivotal moment, Waverly and Kieran are separated, and find themselves at the helm of dangerous missions, where every move has potentially devastating consequences, and decisions of the heart may lead to disaster. 
Pulse-pounding and addictive, Glow is the first novel in Amy Kathleen Ryan's riveting Sky Chasers series.


"We do matter. To believe that our lives are meaningful is the essence of faith. We are not as large, or as bright, or as eternal as the stars, but we carry humankind's message of love across the galaxy. We are the first. We are the world makers. Our nourishment is hope. Like the tender reed shaking in the wind, we will reach up to a new sun."
-GLOW, page 138

Glow is a gripping, claustrophobic story that didn't let me go until I closed the back cover, and even then, it didn't let me go! On the surface, the book may just look like a space adventure story, but underneath that surface, there is so much more. Within these pages, I found morals about God, life, love, trust, and many others. One thing I love about Glow is that you never know who you can trust. Everyone in the book has a dark side, and I love it!

Don't be fooled by the bright cover: Glow is a dark and mysterious venture into the galaxy, filled with action, adventure and turmoil! I highly recommend the ride.


Title: Spark
Author: Amy Kathleen Ryan
Series: Sky Chasers, #2
Pages: 309
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Rating: 5/5 Owls


Waverly and Kieran are finally reunited on the Empyrean. Kieran has led the boys safely up to this point, and now that the girls are back, their mission seems slightly less impossible: to chase down the New Horizon, and save their parents from the enemy ship. But nothing is truly as it seems…Kieran’s leadership methods have raised Seth’s hackles— and Waverly’s suspicions. Is this really her fiancĂ©? The handsome, loving boy she was torn from just a short time before? More and more, she finds her thoughts aligned with Seth’s. But if Seth is Kieran’s Enemy No. 1, what does that make her? 

In one night, a strange explosion rocks the Empyrean—shooting them off course and delaying their pursuit of the New Horizon—and Seth is mysteriously released from the brig. Seth is the most obvious suspect for the explosion, and Waverly the most obvious suspect for releasing him. As the tension reaches a boiling point, will Seth be able to find the true culprit before Kieran locks them both away—or worse? Will Waverly follow her heart, even if it puts lives at risk? With the balance of power precarious and the clock ticking, every decision counts… every step brings them closer to a new beginning, or a sudden end...


"It is the flash which appears, the thunderbolt will follow."
-Voltaire, quoted in Part Four of Spark

Wow. And I thought Glow was good!

Spark is on a whole new level of awesome!

From the get-go, you are thrown right back into the action. You can tell Ryan is the kind of author who plans everything out before she writes her books, because everything about Spark is tightly-crafted and addicting. Spark was one of those books where I said "Just one more chapter!" and stayed up until one o'clock in the morning to finish. It was seriously that addicting!

You haven't experienced intensity until you've read the end of Spark and realized how far away the third installment in the series is. The cliffhanger is of epic, massive proportions.

Spark is chilling, thrilling, and one of my favorite titles of the year!

Stay tuned for a possible interview with the mastermind behind the Glow series, Amy Kathleen Ryan!


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Welcome to another week of Follow Friday!

Q: What drove you to start book blogging in the first place?

If I told you it was ARCs, would you be mad?
Probably, but that isn't the answer anyway. I was looking at all these review blogs and I noticed one thing they all had in common: everything. They were all so similar, and I wanted to create something unique and different, something that represented me. So, I injected a little bit of myself into each element of this blog. Basically, I wanted to write reviews and other blog content in a way that was reflective of me as a person, so someone who walked away from my blog knew exactly what kind of a person I was. I think that rings true . . .   :)

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REVIEW: Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh

Title: Enshadowed
Author: Kelly Creagh
Pages: 429
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Publisher: Atheneum (imprint of Simon & Schuster)
Rating: 5/5 Owls


[From the back of the ARC] Varen Nethers is trapped in a perilous dream world -- a treacherous and desolate realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life. Isobel Lanley, plagued by strange visions and haunted by the nightmares of Varen's creation, is the only one who can save him.
Isobel knows that her only hope lies within a Baltimore cemetery. There, in the early morning hours of Edgar Allan Poe's birthday, a mysterious stranger known as the "Poe Toaster" will make his annual homage at the legendary poet's grave.
Only the Poe Toaster holds the key to the way between worlds. But even greater dangers lie ahead for Isobel. An ancient evil, draped in veils of white, is watching, challenging her for Varen's affections. When Isobel finally finds Varen, he is no longer the quiet and brooding boy who once captivated her, but a dark force, powerful and malevolent.


I'm going to write this review in the form of a letter because I think Ms. Creagh deserves a letter because I LIKE LETTERS so here you go:

Dear Kelly Creagh,

I would tell you that I love you, but I'm not sure how tolerant you are of creepiness.

So, instead, I'll just tell you that 
Enshadowed made me cry and slobber and squeal and scream and also made me throw it across the room.

Maybe that'll be an adequate expression of my love for you, without me directly informing you of my predicament.

I began 
Enshadowed late one night, a while ago. I had just re-readNevermore and I was anxious to see what was going to happen to our darling Isobel. See, unlike a lot of others, Isobel has always been one of my favorite characters. I'm not sure why, but she strikes a chord with me that is unfamiliar to other people. Varen is that way, too. When Nevermore ended, I felt like my insides had been ground up in a blender. Its sequel seemed so out-of-reach, so far away.

Receiving an ARC was like heaven. In my hands when I tore open the box was the sequel to my favorite story, probably ever.

I know, the goth and the cheerleader has been so overdone. But Creagh writes the story so well, and makes it so believable, that I had no other option but to fall in love with it.

Enshadowed, we are where we left off in the first book. Isobel is grieving and reliant on her best friend, Gwen (who happens to be my favorite character in the book). She has many clever lines throughout the book. One thing that will please people about Enshadowed is that the book is substantially shorter, only 429 pages. Nevermore was 543, which brought about a lot of complaints. I never really understood them, but to each their own, huh?

I don't want to give too much away about 
Enshadowed, because the book isn't due in stores for another almost two months, but what I can say is that I loved every second of it and I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE THIRD.

Yes, Kelly. I am insinuating something.

Love (Unless You Have a Problem With That),
Hayden // The Teen Bookworm 


Review: 101 Troublesome Words You'll Master In No Time by GRAMMAR GIRL!

Title: Grammar Girls' 101 Troublesome Words You'll Master in No Time
Author: Mignon Fogarty
Pages: 134
Release Date: July 3rd, 2012
Rating: 5/5 Owls


Millions of people around the world communicate better thanks to Mignon Fogarty, aka Grammar Girl, whose top-rated weekly grammar podcast has been downloaded more than 40 million times. Now she’s turning her attention to solving your worst problems—one troublesome word at a time.Are you feeling "all right" or "alright"? Does "biweekly" mean twice a week or every two weeks? Do you run a gauntlet or a gantlet? Is a pair of twins four people or two? The English language is always changing, and that means we are left with words and phrases that are only sort of wrong (or worse, have different definitions depending on where you look them up). How do you know which to use? Grammar Girl to the rescue! This handy reference guide contains the full 411 on 101 words that have given you trouble before—but will never again. Full of clear, straightforward definitions and fun quotations from pop culture icons such as Gregory House and J. K. Rowling, as well as from classical writers such as Mark Twain and Benjamin Franklin, this highly-useable guidebook takes the guesswork out of your writing, so you’ll never be at a loss for words again. 


. . . And Grammar Girl saves the day, yet again!

I have to say, before I start my review, that I am extremely conscious of my grammar in this space. Keep your fingers crossed that I don't make any mistakes!

I had the amazing opportunity to meet Grammar Girl, a.k.a. Mignon Fogarty, in mid-June, at a writing program I was attending. Just from watching her walk up onto the auditorium stage, I could tell she was one of the kindest and most genuine people I had ever met. She answered all of our dumb questions that she'd heard countless times before and pretended like they were all new, something I can respect. (I'm not a great liar.) She was (and, of course, still is) such a wonderful person, and she signed my copy of Grammar Girl Presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students, saying "Mind your P's and Q's!", which I thought was just hilarious. I knew that I liked her the minute she started ranting about the incorrect expression "begs the question" (which is featured in this book, by the way).

But, anyway, about the book. That's what a review is for, isn't it?

I'm not sure if GG included exactly 101 words, because I didn't go through and count them, but I'm sure she did. Every single one of them taught me a great lesson about words and grammar. Since (a word included in the book!) I am a bit of an English nerd, I found this very interesting. The thing I love about Grammar Girl is how she presents great stylistic advice without being wordy or pretentious. Someone with her level of grammatical skill could've made a conscious decision to write like she was writing an article for the New Yorker, but GG speaks like a normal person, which is something I appreciate. She didn't go into this book trying to impress a bunch of snooty, m(o)ustache-twirling literary people with her mellifluous prose.

Some of my favorite entries were: Ax (I totally never knew "axe" was British!); Begs the Question, mentioned earlier; Bring and Take; Decimate; Donut (who doesn't love those?); Eldest; E-mail Versus Email; and many more. Obviously, a lot of them were my favorites.

Even if you're not a complete English nerd like I am, this book will do wonders on your grammar. Give it a try! I guarantee the next e-mail (email?) you compose will be better!


Review: Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel

Title: Infinite Days
Author: Rebecca Maizel
Series: Vampire Queen (#1)
Release Date: August 3, 2010
Pages: 325
Rating: 5/5 Owls


"Throughout all my histories, I found no one I loved more than you...no one."
Those were some of Rhode's last words to me. The last time he would pronounce his love. The last time I would see his face.
It was the first time in 592 years I could take a breath. Lie in the sun. Taste.
Rhode sacrificed himself so I, Lenah Beaudonte, could be human again. So I could stop the blood lust. 
I never expected to fall in love with someone else that wasn't Rhode.
But Justin was...daring. Exciting. More beautiful than I could dream.
I never expected to be sixteen again...then again, I never expected my past to come back and haunt me...


Tired of incessantly predictable vampire novels rife with love triangles?
Then this book is for you!

Hi, my name is Hayden, and I just read a book called Infinite Days

My ultimate goal today is to get you to want to read this book. If my catchy hook at the top of this review didn't grab your attention, hopefully the rest of this review will.

Section 1: I Can't Believe It's Not Like Every Other Vampire Book!

Yes, folks, it's true. This book is actually unique. I know this word isn't paired with many books of its kind, but I think it applies here.

I know, I know! I was surprised, too!

Infinite Days distinguishes itself from the crowd in many ways. Here are just a few:

1) The book features the mean, evil vampires we don't see many of these days. Most of the vampires we catch glimpses of are Twilight-y and sparkly and nice. Not this time, folks! These vampires are bloodthirsty and evil.

2) The absence of a love triangle, which I will cover in further detail later.

3) The heroine actually possessing a brain. Turns out, she's a 500-some-odd year-old vampire and the beginning of the novel is filled with -- *gasp* --intelligence! Something practically unheard of in the world of YA! Used to "he went here" and "she did that"? Fear for your brain cells no longer! This book will make you smarter rather than dumb you down.

4) Lenah doesn't want to be a vampire. Yes, that's right. You heard me correctly. No more "Bite me, Edward"'s. Lenah hates vampires. Even though one of her loves is one, she still didn't want to be a vampire. This part requires a bit more explaining (see Section 3).

Section 2: Love Triangle 2.0
Tired of love triangles? Yet again, Maizel delivers, yet I'm not sure everyone is going to be so happy about this one. Lenah, our main character, has been alive for 500-ish years, so obviously, she's had her fair share of romance, and odds are she hasn't spent all 500 years with one person. She's engaged in a love pentagon of sorts. As the novel progresses, she crosses some of those corners off, but she's in quite a sticky situation.

This might bug some people, how it makes Lenah seem very Mary Sue-ish, but I don't think she is. She's very smart, and she's aware of that. For goodness' sake, she was a vampire. She knows she's smart. She's not a shy and docile type heroine, which is refreshing.

Section 3: Synonyms
This is probably my favorite thing about Infinite Days. If I had to choose one word to describe Infinite Days, it wouldn't be unique. Although that word does apply, it's not the main one I would use. That word is unconventional. From the get-go, we are thrown face-first into a dilemma: Lenah wakes up naked on a floor, disoriented, not sure what's up. It turns out she has been transformed from a vampire back into a human. Her vampire lover, Rhode, went through a complex ritual to restore her to her original state. Soon after, she's enrolled in a boarding school and meets some interesting people.

I love how a lot of things are different than normal about the book. Maizel really knows how to add emotion to scenes: in one, I nearly began crying, even though it was only a page or two. I really felt for the characters.

In conclusion, I'll hop to the conclusion of the book. The book ends on such a massive cliffhanger. It was absurdly awful. I would be ranting a lot more right now, rather than being so calm, if there wasn't an excerpt from Stolen Nights in the back. ;) That excerpt gave resolution to the cliffhanger, so now I'm happy.

Overall, Infinite Days was a refreshingly unconventional book. I really enjoyed it, and I think you will, too!

(Hopefully, this review worked and you want to read the book now. Just sayin'.)

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Q: Jumping Genres: Ever pick up a book from a genre you usually don’t like and LOVE it? Tell us about it and why you picked it up in the first place.

Not really. Honestly, I try to stick to one genre in particular, which is all things YA. The closest thing I would say that matches up to this question would be Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. It's an adult historical fiction book, which I had no experience with, and I loved it. So, I guess that counts?

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COVER REVEAL: (Redesigned) Across the Universe Trilogy by Beth Revis

I hereby present the worst cover redesign in the history of bad cover redesigns!
Seriously, Penguin Teen. The original AtU series covers were my favorites in history. I rubbed them against my face regularly. I honestly don't understand why you're marketing the series to boys, because now the girls (and me) aren't going to want to read them. Also, the boys will be turned off by the romance. I don't get your brain.
I seriously hope they release a limited edition of a cover for SoE matching the original series design. Please, Penguin?

What do you think?


Review: Darkness Before Dawn

Title: Darkness Before Dawn
Author: JA London
Pages: 342
Format: Paperback
Rating: 2 of 5 owls


Only sunlight can save us.

We built the wall to keep them out, to keep us safe. But it also makes us prisoners, trapped in what's left of our ravaged city, fearing nightfall.

After the death of my parents, it's up to me--as the newest delegate for humanity--to bargain with our vampire overlord. I thought I was ready. I thought I knew everything there was to know about the monsters. Then again, nothing could have prepared me for Lord Valentine . . . or his son. Maybe not all vampires are killers. Maybe it's safe to let one in.

Only one thing is certain: Even the wall is not enough. A war is coming and we cannot hide forever.


Darkness Before Dawn.

Haha, the title is a pun on the heroine's name! How not cute.

The book started off with an ice-monster prologue that did relatively nothing to entice me and made me realize that the next 350 pages were going to beloooooooooooooong.

Let's start off with our main character, conveniently named Dawn. Dawn is the second-most boring female protagonist I've ever read, only behind Lucinda Price. The best internal line she had in the book was "He was a damn vampire!"


That's it.

Her whole life was so boring. "I did this. I did that. I did this, too. Then, I did that." That was what the prose felt like. It wasn't even prose; it was just crap.

I feel like "J.A. London" (a.k.a. Jan and Alex "London" [a.k.a. Rachel Hawthorne and Alex Nowasky {a.k.a. Jan Nowasky and Alex Nowasky, mother-and-son writing team}]) just wanted to earn a few extra bucks and decided to capitalize off the perpetually-growing YA field. (I'm glad the mom and son didn't decide to write Harlequin romances; that would be justawkward to write together.) I feel ultimately like they could've put a bit more effort into making an original story with refreshingly genuine characters and just plain originality, because what they gave us is a pile of more of the same.

The extra star is for the plot finally moving somewhere within the last one-hundred pages.


Have you read Darkness Before Dawn? If so, what did you think?


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